Allegri: ‘A month to improve Juve’

Max Allegri launches Douglas Costa against Roma, but tells Juventus more is needed. “We have a month to further improve the squad.”

The all-Serie A clash for the International Champions Cup is in Boston on Sunday.

“We’ve worked well and so far it has been a good pre-season tour,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We’re coming off two days of intensive training work, so I will evaluate if someone needs a breather. This is an important test and a tough training session as we prepare for the Italian Super Cup.”

That will be against Coppa Italia Finalists Lazio in Rome on August 13.

“There is still a month to go, so we’ve got time to work on our transfer objectives. Was I promised a midfielder? The rapport with the club is so solid that I don’t need to be made promises.”

The Bianconeri have sold Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves, but brought in Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa.

“Bernardeschi is an important signing, an exuberant player who has brought great enthusiasm. Douglas Costa will play one half tomorrow – I haven’t decided yet if it’s the first or the second.

“We’ve got everything we need to experience an important campaign and there’s a month for us to further improve the squad. To be honest, I’d be happier if the transfer deadline was July 31, as it’d be easier to prepare for the season.

“This is going to be an intriguing Serie A season, because all the big clubs have reinforced and I think it’ll be decided at the end. I expect it’ll be tighter than last year.

“Let’s not forget last time Napoli and Roma broke club records, while Milan’s transfer strategy was aiming for the Scudetto.

“Inter had a bad year, but they too will be able to compete for the title. I am sure it’ll go down to the wire.”